Health & Fitness
LOSE IT! The Low Carb & Paleo Way

LOSE IT! The Low Carb & Paleo Way Vol 21 - 2017

With lockdown in full swing, it can feel difficult to make healthy decisions. Everyone has taken up baking, and that banana bread is calling your name! But now that we’re spending less time going out for dinner and more time preparing our own meals, it might also be the perfect time to review, recommit, and get your life on track. This issue has you covered with fresh ideas, motivation, and meal inspiration. This month’s power ingredient is an ancient seed the Mayans named ‘strength’: chia seeds, and we find out exactly why. Get to know our top lockdown pick, Buyfresh – the organic online grocery store that delivers straight to your doorstep. You’ll also meet an inspiring power couple who lost 110kg in total on the LCHF diet! We discuss insulin resistance, if peanuts should stay or go, and how fasting can rid your body of toxins. With 47 new recipes, you’ll be able to whip up indulgent guilt-free pleasures as well as succulent comfort foods. We perfect an easy-peasy pie recipe – crusty and flaky, just the way you like it! Take a walk on the greener side with some plant-based low-carb meals, keep things fresh with some tasty Greek food or opt for a spicy low-carb curry. And for dessert, we’ve snuck in a few decadent chocolate dishes, just for you. Top it all off with the perfect roast and you’ve got this season sorted! LCHF is about more than just weight loss; it’s about your health and your happiness!

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2 min.
news, views & reviews

we South Africans are the most obese and overweight people in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a 2016 report by The Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa. Nearly two thirds of our women – and one third of our men – are classified as overweight or obese, with an enormous 40% of women presenting as obese. What’s saddest about these statistics for us is that it’s not just the adults, who are responsible for their own diets – it’s also our kids: one in four girls and one in five boys between the ages of two and 14 are overweight or obese. Because it’s harder to exercise when you’re overweight these kids often don’t – and that’s a problem in its own right, quite apart from the health issues that result simply from…

2 min.
lchf news

GET THE BALANCE RIGHT We’re fans of the Barre 180° class at Virgin Active. A combo of ballet basics, body conditioning, high intensity interval training, s-t-r-e-t-c-h and yoga, this 55-minute class is a winner for posture, co-ords, core strength, muscle strength, fitness, flexibility and endurance. See you there! WATCH LIST If you have some time to spare – 1:17:29, to be precise – you might be interested in this presentation on YouTube: ‘An Advantaged Metabolic State: Human Performance, Resilience & Health’. It’s by Peter Attia, a medical doctor who’s been ‘obsessively reading everything on the science of nutrition’. He also has a blog, The Eating Academy, in which he gets pretty technical, but the video is comparatively accessible. Peter shares his path from ‘fit but fat and metabolically deranged’ to ‘fit, lean, and…

4 min.
‘i lost 30kg and became a banting buddies coach so that i can help others feel as good as i do!’

‘I struggled with my weight all my life. As a teenager I was so self-conscious. I tried so many diets. I tried the soup diet, replacement meals, diet shakes, the cabbage diet, the grape diet… the list goes on. Losing weight was not the problem. Keeping it off was! I’d lose weight then usually put it all back on, and more. I’d also tried low-carb, highprotein programmes with some success. Then I went on the HCG diet [an extreme diet that involves injections of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin], which follows low-carb principles. HCG was just not sustainable but I’d joined some HCG Facebook groups and that’s where I came across Banting. The more I read, the more it made sense. It also seemed doable. I was tired of starving myself,…

4 min.
and 2 other reader questions for sally-ann creed

Q: My urine varies in colour from time to time. Why is this? A: Food, certain sweets, medications, and various bodily disorders can change the colour of your urine but a light-yellow colour, like straw, is the most ‘normal’ colour. Urochrome, the end product of haemoglobin breakdown, gives it this colour. If you’re not drinking enough water the tone can deepen to a much darker yellow but it will return to normal after drinking just one glass of water. Warfarin, an anticoagulant, or drugs that treat a urinary tract infection (UTI) could cause very orange urine. Drinking excessive quantities of carrot juice tints your urine orange too, as does taking high doses of vitamin C. If you’re taking a B complex multivitamin or vitamin B2 you may notice that your urine is…

3 min.
this month’s miracle ingredient: apple cider vinegar

ACV breaks down mucus, increasing the elimination of harmful bacteria and viruses. what’s apple cider vinegar good for? Well, just about everything, actually. People swear by it for fixing anything from weak stomach acid to arthritis. You do need to make sure that you buy apple cider vinegar (ACV) that is organic, in glass, and contains the ‘mother’ culture, though. Sometimes this culture gives the vinegar a cloudy look, and sometimes the vinegar is clear with a deposit on the bottom of the bottle. The colour of the ACV depends on the kind of apples used and the time of year they’re harvested. The vinegar should also be raw, should not be pasturised (pasturisation is often a requirement for import), and it should not be filtered. The ‘bits’ floating around in…

4 min.
diet & depression

The premise of the documentary series on the BBC called Doctor In The House will resonate with anyone who has been in and out of their GP’s office in under 10 minutes. It explores a simple question: what would happen if GPs had more time with their patients? The notion definitely struck a nerve with Dr Rangan Chatterjee, who had long suspected that the traditional doctor-patient interaction was not quite cutting it. ‘I always got this nagging sense that I was just managing disease or just simply suppressing people’s symptoms,’ he says. The turning point came when his six-monthold son nearly died while the family was on holiday in France. His son had a fit and, after trying fruitlessly to revive him, they rushed him to hospital. ‘That night he had…